European Commission

One of the five major institutions of the European Union (EU), the Commission is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Treaty of Rome and EU rules and obligations; submission of proposals to the Council of Ministers; execution of the Council’s decisions; reconciliation of disagreements among Council members; administration of EC policies, such as the Common Agricultural Policy and coal and steel policies; taking necessary legal action against firms or member governments; and representing the EU in trade negotiations with nonmember countries.

Contact: European Commission; B-1049 Brussels, Belgium; Web:

See European Community; European Union; Treaty of Rome; common agricultural policy.

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